Breaking Down the New AP Top 25 College Football Poll

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As is tradition, the AP top 25 is out. Here’s how it shakes out:

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. BYU
9. Oregon
10. Miami
11. Northwestern
12. Indiana
13. Georgia
14. Oklahoma
15. Iowa State
16. Coastal Carolina
17. Marshall
18. Wisconsin
19. USC
20. Texas
21. Oklahoma State
22. Auburn
23. Louisiana-Lafayette
24. Tulsa
25. UNC

Here are some notes

1) The top eight has now been unchanged for two weeks. Hopefully we can see some crazy things happen before the conference title games so there’s some churn.

2) Northwestern rises from no. 19 to no. 11 after their impressive home victory over the Badgers. Wisconsin dropped from no. 10 to no. 18.

3) A little bit unfair for Indiana to drop from no. 9 to no. 12 after losing to Ohio State. They had the ball and a chance to tie at the end of the game against possibly the best team in the nation. How do you take them out of the top 10 after that?

4) Earlier today, OutKick founder Clay Travis broke down the whole College Football Playoff picture and his SEC power rankings. Check it out here.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Why drop Indiana? Because the AP pollsters are idiots and use outdated methods. If a team loses they just HAVE to drop according to tradition. That’s how you get an Oregon team that has played THREE games and hasn’t even looked dominant gets to 9th and Indiana falls below them.

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